There are so many things wrong with this picture it hard to know where to begin.
This is what happens when you get a pro cyclist to run a cycle skills and safety course in Japan. He must have arrived in full pro racer kit, on his super expensive, ultra light road bicycle to cement the impression that he's a "real" cyclist and he knows what he is doing, so listen up. One twitter follower wondered if he threw energy gels into the crowd upon arrival because, as we all know, cycling to the supermarket without the correct fuel can be disastrous.
But all that fell apart the moment he stepped off the racing bicycle and onto the mama-chari in all his helmeted and Lycra glory. Just like Bradley Wiggins ill informed comments about cycling safety and helmets after a cyclist was killed in an accident with an official Olympic bus, this is another example of why pro racers aren't the best people to be teaching our children about bicycle safety.
A picture is worth a thousand words, and this is a perfect illustration if why regular people on regular bicycles just do not need specialised cycling wear.
I found the photo quite amusing. Share it with your friends.
August 30, 2012
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Father of two, husband of one, lover of family, bicycles and running.
Urban Cycling Consultant, Tokyo By Bike.
Byron Kidd is the founder of the Tokyo By Bike website, writer, experienced urban cyclist, and expert on cycling in the staggering metropolis of Tokyo.
Working with NPO's and cycling activists to improve cycling infrastructure in Japan, Byron also operates internationally via a vast network of renowned urban mobility experts to promote Japanese cycling culture, and demonstrate how everyday cycling can work in megacities around the world. No city is too big for the bicycle.
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Writing code and stuff, for games and things.